Uriah W. Rinzel is an award-winning composer and DMA – Composition student at TCU studying under Blaise Ferrandino, Martin Blessinger, and Neil Anderson-Himmelspach. He holds an MM – Composition from SMU where he studied under Kevin Hanlon and Robert Frank, and also an MM – Theory Pedagogy from SMU under David Mancini. He holds a BM – Theory and Composition from Dallas Baptist University. Rinzel’s style is varied and includes classical and rock influences. He has worked as a recording engineer, guitarist and arranger for live events and recording sessions. “Cowtown Counterpoint” was composed for bass clarinetist, William Hayter and was given its European Premiere in July, 2018 at Clarinetfest in Oostende, Belgium. He was commissioned by violist Nadia Sirota and SYZYGY (directed by Matt Albert) to compose a new piece for viola and amplified chamber ensemble. Orca was premiered at SMU in concert and the group made a studio recording. “Orca” was among the finalists for the ASCAP Morton Gould in 2014 and won First prize for the 2018 Breaking the Fourth Wall New Music Festival. “Snip,” an electroacoustic work was performed at the 2017 Region VI SCI conference in Arlington, TX. His wind symphony “Candide” was commissioned and premiered by Jack Delaney and the Meadows Wind Ensemble in May, 2017. Other works include an oratorio, a symphonic poem, a piano concerto, and a rock album. He taught theory at Austin College and SMU, and currently teaches composition, songwriting, and theory at DBU and theory at TCU.
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